Review: A Community-led Planning Process

Over a year ago, Project Row Houses started a planning process with MIT that focused on the northern Third Ward. As they engaged with the community, Project Row Houses saw an opportunity to broaden the process and worked with community stakeholders to establish the Emancipation Economic Development Council (EEDC). The goal: create a consensus among community groups for preserving and revitalizing the area.

The EEDC worked with academic experts from MIT, Texas Southern University and the University of Houston to create a framework for action in response to the neighborhood's challenges, which are outlined in a report produced by MIT titled "Emancipation Park - Neighborhood Strategies for Community-Led Regeneration in the Third Ward." These strategies are rooted in the preservation of the rich African-American history and culture of the Third Ward are balanced by an acceptance of the need for new investment in the area.




Founding Organizations

Project Row Houses

Row House CDC

Sankofa Research Institute

St. Philip Missionary Baptist Church

Trinity East United Methodist Church

Trinity United Methodist Church

Wesley Chapel A.M.E. Church


Chair: Reverend Robert McGee, Trinity United Methodist Church

Vice Chair: Assata Richards, Sankofa Research Institute